Nian Gao (Sticky Cake) Facts

10 more days till Chinese New year, which falls on 26th January 2009. Today I’ll discuss some facts about Nian Gao (年糕) or Sticky Cake.
Nian Gao (年糕) or Sticky Cake

Nian Gao (年糕) or Sticky Cake

1. Nian Gao (年糕) or Sticky Cake is traditionally served on Chinese New Year till today.

2. It’s made glutinous rice flour, white sugar mix.

3. Traditionally it is steamed with firewood, now it can be done with gas stove.

4.  Nian Gao can stay fresh for years if steamed thorough.

5. Banana leaves are used as containers to preserve Nian Gao fragrance

6. Nian gao is traditionally offered to the Kitchen God at dawn on the 24th day of the 12th lunar month, which is said to be the day the deity returns to heaven to present his report on each household to the Jade Emperor. 

7. The sticky cake is meant to seal the deity’s lips to keep him from reporting bad deeds.

8. Many taboos to be observed. For instance, pregnant women, those who have just given birth and those who are menstruating must not be present, when Nian Gao is being made.

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